Africa DevOps Day 2017

Africa DevOps Day is a great example of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across companies, and in true DevOps style aims to break down silos. It has been organised every year as a collaborative effort across some of the largest financials institutions in South Africa as a platform to share experiences and learning. The theme this year was “Scaling DevOps through infrastructure” and did not disappoint. There were amazing speakers, and interesting topics were covered. Hearing about the DevOps journeys that many companies in Africa have embarked on was fascinating.

I created sketchnotes of the presentations I attended, you can download the PDF version of the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Africa DevOps Day 2017 here. A full list of speakers and their presentations can be found on the Africa DevOps Day website.

Here are my sketches and some highlights of the talks I attended…

 

Brett St Clair – The Culture of DevOps

“when you are trying to make change, it always starts with culture”

 

Industry Update – Absa, Standard Bank & RMB

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Rolfe – Putting the Ops in DevOps

“we need to free up people to handle exceptions and do valuable work”

 

Dan Acton – DevOps in the Cloud

“we’re moving towards no Ops”

 

Biase De Gregorio – Extreme Ownership

“start with good leadership principles as a point of departure”

 

Andrew Holt & Benjamin Hinson – Chef: Tools, Processes and Culture

“there’s no silver bullet solution”

 

A friend of mine @ALfriendo also did some awesome sketchnotes, and there are plenty of other great posts on #AfricaDevOpsDay Twitter.

All in all, a great day! I hope I’ll be there again next year…

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*

I’ve been quite bad with my Audible this year. My aim to get through a book a month isn’t going too well… until I stumbled across this book (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK) and listened to it in under two weeks! 

I was a bit sceptical at first, I thought this might just be a catchy and daring title for yet another self-help book. I must say, it’s been one of my favourite “reads” in a while! I love the way Mark Manson writes, I find extremely honest and very entertaining.

The biggest lesson I took away from this book is The Backwards Law, which states: The desire for a positive experience is negative, while the acceptance of a negative experience is positive.

Here is my summary:

Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management

I had the privilege of being invited to the Project Management South Africa (PMSA) conference last year to sketchnote for leaders in online education, GetSmarter.

The theme of the conference was “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” – a pressing topic in the project management industry both in South Africa and abroad. There were exceptional speakers at the conference who presented talks on a range of thought-provoking topics pertinent to the idea of innovation in project management.

In the spirit of the event, GetSmarter put together the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management – a downloadable collection of live sketchnotes from the day. The guide includes a host of visual representations of the day’s presentations including:

  • Moving from an efficiency-driven economy to an innovation-driven economy
  • Delivering innovation from concept to commercialisation
  • A comprehensive project management and project support services career path plan

Here is a sneak peek at some of the sketches and topics covered at the conference. To download the full guide, click here.

 

 

Smart Growth – What we need in the face of 0% GDP

This conference was organised by our company, IQ Business, and was one of the most inspirational conferences I have been to – it truly makes me proud to be South African.

Although it’s a contentious issue, there is a lot we can do to stimulate growth in our economy and create opportunity for ourselves and others in South Africa.

It was quite a line-up with the top political, radio, research, technology and business personalities. Here are my notes…

Bruce Whitfield – The Upside of Down

Twitter: @BruceBusiness

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Ann Bernstein – The Growth Agenda

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Adam Craker – Smart Growth.co.za

Twitter: @Crakeras

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Brett St Clair – Digital Transformation Story

Twitter: @Brett_StClair

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Lindiwe Mazibuko – South Africa from the Outside – In

Twitter: @LindiMazibuko

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Justice Malala – Green Shoots, Anyone?

Twitter: @JusticeMalala

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You can download all the sketchnotes from the conference here: sketchnoters-guide-to-smart-growth

Failure and creativity

I’m currently listening to Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull  on Audible and absolutely loving it. I am almost finished, but couldn’t wait to do a little sketchnote.

There was a chapter around Failure which really resonated with me. Why are we so scared of failure? Where did this fear come from? How do we deal with this failure in a creative environment?

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